All entries for July 2012

July 31, 2012

Business as usual? A look at the draft English protocol for gender dysphoria

The main achievement of England’s new draft protocol for transition-related services is not to offer progress, but to codify certain elements of existing practice.

In this sense, it somewhat resembles Scotland’s new protocol, which was published a couple of weeks ago.

The Scottish protocol appears to have been based largely upon the services offered by Sandyford, the nation’s largest gender identity clinic. The English protocol seems rooted in current practice at Charing Cross, which plays a similar role within England and Wales. The differences between the documents hinge largely on the differences between the progressive policies instituted at Sandyford, and the more conservative attitude of Charing Cross.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

July 19, 2012

Queer zombies in court defeat

Last year, I wrote an article on Lesbilicious about the arrest and alleged sexual assault of individuals intending to participate in a “zombie flashmob” organised in part by anti-cuts group Queer Resistance.

The zombies, accompanied by the London Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, planned to meet up for a picnic and performance in Soho Square on the day of the Royal Wedding.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

July 17, 2012

Scotland hands unprecedented power to trans patients

The big news from Scotland today is all about gay marriage. But last week, the Scottish government quietly unveiled an equally important move.

The new NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocol will have a massive impact upon those who seek a medical transition. It dramatically cuts the time required for “real life experience” prior to surgery, confirms the necessity of contested interventions such as hair removal for trans women and chest surgery for trans men, enables teenagers to begin transition from 16, and – crucially – reinforces the right of trans people to refer themselves to Gender Clinics.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

July 14, 2012

DJ setlist: "Camp Out" for Gendered Intelligence @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Wotever World hosted a wonderful evening for Gendered Intelligence at the RVT last night. So many great performers, a very friendly crowd and plenty of money raised so trans youth can do awesome things. What's not to love?


During the main part of the set - after the second bloc of live acts - I teamed up with the gloriously energetic and enthusiastic Puja Maniar behind the decks, and much fun was had by all. Here's what we played:

Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Tear Me Down
Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes- I Wanna Know
Coyote Grace - Daughterson
The Mechanisms - Pump Shanty
Athens Boys Choir - Metrosexual Threw Off My Gaydar
Team Dresch - Freewheel
Bitesize - Understudy
Huggy Bear - Herjazz
Gossip - Listen Up!
Metric - Help! I'm Alive
Uh Huh Her - Not a Love Song


R.E.M. - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Against Me! - I Was a Teenage Anarchist
The King Blues - We Are What We Own


David Bowie - Let's Dance
Blondie - Atomic
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Blur - Girls and Boys
Suede - Beautiful Ones
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
The Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Garbage - Special
Lily Allen - Fuck You
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism
T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
Queen - I Want It All
Pulp - Common People
Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control

The Strokes - Last Night
Republica - Ready To Go
No Doubt - Just a Girl

July 07, 2012

Passing as cis: why I’d love to stop shaving my legs, but don’t

Several months ago, a friend of mine sent out message inviting participation in a new feminist video-blogging project. This seed of an idea grew into Those Pesky Dames, in which five women say awesome things about body autonomy, self-care, inspirations, intersectionality and pop culture. And then this week, the Dames stepped beyond the realm of YouTube (and Facebook, and Twitter and Tumblr…) to appear on the good ol’ fashioned television.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

July 06, 2012

DJ setlist: Women's Aid National Conference @ The Terrace Bar, University of Warwick

Blondie - Atomic
Adele - Rumour Has It
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
Tori Amos - Bouncing Off Clouds
Amanda Palmer - Map of Tasmania
Jessie J - Domino
Kelly Clarkson - Mr Know It All
Stevie Nicks - Edge of 17
The Raincoats - Lola
The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
Kylie Minogue - Love at First Sight (r)
Bananarama - Venus
Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion
PJ Harvey - Good Fortune
Howling Bells - Into the Chaos
Garbage - Automatic Systematic Habit
Kesha - We R Who We R
Peaches - Talk To Me
Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Madonna - Beautiful Stranger
M People - Moving On Up
Emeli Sandé - Next to Me
Lily Allen - The Fear
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Aretha Franklin - Think
Jean Knight - Mr Big Stuff
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Get Ready
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Abba - Take a Chance on Me (r)
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Cheryl Cole - Call My Name
Cher Lloyd - Swagger Jagger (r)
The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
Blondie - Call Me
Sister Sledge - We Are Family (r)
Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin - Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 (r)
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
The Cure - Love Cats (r)
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Abba - Mamma Mia (r)
Nena - 99 Red Balloons (r)
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth
Bee Gees - Staying Alive
James Brown - I Got You
Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (r)
Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love
Katrina & the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
The Beatles - Paperback Writer (r)
The Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There) (r)
Madonna - Like a Virgin (r)
Destiny's Child - Survivor (r)
Jessie J - Price Tag
The Supremes - You Keep Me Hanging On
Peggy Lee - Fever
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - I Second That Emotion
Martha & the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Shania Twain - Man I Feel Like a Woman
The Spice Girls - Megamix

(r) = request

July 05, 2012

Television vs Research

I had a conversation with a colleague a few months back that really stuck in my mind. She argued that in the media decisions that would never, ever be considered ethical in the academic world are taken on an everday basis. I believe the conversation revolved largely around the activities of journalists working in print media, but I found myself thinking about the relationship between media and research once again whilst watching a couple of reality television programmes this week.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

July 02, 2012

"Camp Out" – Friday 13th July

I'll be performing a DJ set at an upcoming fundraiser for trans youth charity Gendered Intelligence!

Date: Friday 13th July

Time: 8pm - 2am

Location: The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Price: £8 (£6 concessions)

Other acts include:
Lashings of Ginger Beer Time, Bird la Bird, CN Lester, Seth Corbin, Naith Payton, Cyndi Rogerstoo

There is an event page for the Facebook-inclined.

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